SALIDA – In a game that was nonexistent a few weeks ago, the Weston Ranch Cougars seized the moment in an 89-84 overtime shocker over Modesto Christian in the Crusaders' home gym Saturday in front of a standing room crowd.
In the first season the CIF has officially sanctioned the girls wrestling state championships, three area standouts solidified their trip south with top-4 finishes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.
STOCKTON - Just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals was supposed to be the hard part, but getting there seemed easy compared to trying to get through Los Banos during Weston Ranch High's 51-16 first round loss to the Tigers Saturday.
RIPON - If the whole basketball thing never works out for Ripon High senior Jared Ratto, he can take up acting in college.
STOCKTON - Over 220 wrestlers showed up to McNair High in attempt to continue their postseason run for at least another day, and for a handful of area wrestlers that mission was accomplished during the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Tournament.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team is just one win away from earning a share of the Southern League championship after Friday's 68-55 triumph over visiting Le Grand.
The Manteca High boys varsity basketball team came out with a hard-fought effort against Sonora on Friday.
East Union completed a pivotal sweep of Oakdale on the road Friday, prevailing 55-54 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Back in November, when the Valley Oak League wrestlers were beginning the opening stages of the season, it was common knowledge that Oakdale High would be the program in the league.
Getting ready for a huge wrestling tournament is nothing new to these local area standouts, but preparing to tangle with another girl is not something these wrestlers find that often through the season.
The wrestlers for Ripon High have been hard at it on the mat since the beginning stages of this year's winter season. Now, the boys will get the weekend off while their female teammates take center stage during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at McNair High in Stockton.
Manteca High's girls basketball team overcame a slow start and a stunning momentum shift at the end of the first half to knock off upset-minded Sonora 60-40 on the road Thursday.
Christin Gowan is having a career year in her senior season with Cal Stanislaus' women's basketball team.
Ripon Christian built a minimal lead after the first quarter of play and continued to add to it for three quarters, blasting host Le Grand High 52-28 Thursday in Southern League play.
Weston Ranch boys basketball head coach Ryan Bono was presented a win-win opportunity he could not pass up.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights may not have been at their best in Thursday's Trans-Valley League clash against visiting Hughson, but they did battle back after surviving an early cold spell.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch and Lathrop could only combine for eight first-quarter points Thursday but the Cougars went on a roll the rest of the way and defeated the visiting Spartans 55-26 in Valley Oak League girls basketball action.
OAKDALE – It was about this time last year that Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team began their playoff push.
HUGHSON – Ripon Christian kept its perfect Trans-Valley League record intact but may have lost a key player in the process.
LATHROP – Jaelen Ragsdale had his best performance in weeks on a night when Lathrop star Isaiah Ellis struggled just to stay on the court.
The Lathrop wrestling team swept its Valley Oak League double-dual meet with Weston Ranch and Kimball on Wednesday.
RIPON – Sean Broker burrowed down in the post, a tree standing tall above the Tribe. Austin Alger danced around the perimeter.
The Sierra High girls basketball team turned to its defense to snap a five-game losing streak.
RIPON – Physically, Ed Mulder knew Ellen Blankers would be fine following knee surgery in the spring.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team hasn't had much success this decade against its across-the-street neighbor.
RIPON – Rod Wright and his staff are in charge of the official book, access to the locker rooms and providing a game ball.
Ripon's Tristan Smith and Lathrop's Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.
Destiny Flores made two steals in the game's final 30 seconds Saturday to cap off a tremendous East Union comeback and help give the Lancers a thrilling 47-43 win over Ripon in the 5th Annual Hoops for the Cure Classic at Dalben Center.
Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.